Is it safe for a female travelling on her own?

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1. Posted by ctwood13 (Budding Member 13 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I am planning on going to the Domincan Republic at the end of this year and was wondering how safe it is there. I will be travelling on my own.

Also how much would I have to budget/day. (£'s)

Thank you.

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

A female on her own in the DR is regarded as fair game for the local males-in that regard it's much like Greece-most single women travel to the DR for sex and you'll be classified as one.

With decent Spanish language skills you'll be able to hold your own but you'll have to be firm.

The phrase 'Sanky Panky'-Im not making this up-is one you'll hear in regards to this situation.

More details to be found at message board archives.

3. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'd have to say that is definitely not the best advice in the world given by SamSalmon. Women marry young in some countries and if they are out alone it can be frowned upon and sometimes presumed that they may want sex, however, I doubt everyone would assume that women go travelling for sex. I have been to Greece alone, I have also been to the tourist spot of Playa das Americas in Tenerife alone (which can be dangerous) and I have been to Dominican Republic and also Barbados. None of those countries did I visit for the reasons SamSalmon gave and rarely did men assume that I was after that. I admit I got a bit of unwanted attention in all three countries but men will accept a polite but firm 'no thankyou'. I got talking to a few locals (both men and female) in DR about their culture and way of life. Not once did I ever feel threatened. I went with my family to DR but sometimes travelled alone in the country as I did Barbados. People were open and friendly - they were in Greece and Tenerife also. I'd say as long as you have your wits about you whilst travelling and are able to be open and friendly towards others, respect other cultures and country laws etc. then you will find people will often return the favour and respect you gave them. I think in some dangerous parts of countries - if you act on the defensive, or if you dither and look lost and vunverable then that is when misfortune could happen. However, I went to DR and it is a lovely tropical country, there are some nice bars, maybe head to a nice beach and have a lady there braid your hair. Visit the markets there and see the wonderful arts and crafts that the local people make there. If you fancy buying then haggle a price down a little (although not too much - the locals rely on tourism as part of their industry for living)! Explore the neighbourhoods and go for it. I'd say I wouldn't know costs on accommodation and food/drinks as I stayed in a hotel (all inclusive) but maybe someone else will advise you.

Best of luck!


4. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


Rach's 'All Inclusive' view of the DR is one that excludes the hordes of Canadian 'Two Tonne Tammies' that fill (quite literally) charter planes all winter long-headed south for 'sun 'n fun'.

If she's never heard of Sanky Panky then she's of an age where those matters don't concern her anymore.

As I said if you want to learn something about life in the DR then you'll need to speak Spanish and have something of a strong stomach.

DR1 has all the info you'll need from people who live/travel in the DR.

5. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Ok I must admit I haven't heard of that - has anyone in the UK? I think it is an american / canadian holiday type thing only but either way I don't have a clue. I am also open to views on everything. I just think that it wasn't the best advice given as I have been to DR and had little problems with that sort of thing as I just mentioned before - locals are really friendly there and it just sounded a little scary reading the advice you gave. If I hadn't been to DR I may have been a little put off going reading your advice

6. Posted by ctwood13 (Budding Member 13 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for you comments on DR. As it stands for the moment, I don't think that I will be able to make it there anyway, as it is not an option on my RTW ticket. If I do, I will be sure to do my research before I head that way and to trust my instincts. Thanks again.

7. Posted by VanAvenger (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Just ignore him Rach-a. He's a dick.

8. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

If I can say one thing to defend the "Two Tonne Tammies" that are supposed to be all female travellers headed for the caribbean: it really depends on the type of person they are. It is not a strict rule that all canadian (it goes for americans too) girls headed for the all-inclusives are going there to "get laid". I've been to Cuba and I most definitely did not go for that reason, nor would I partake in any action of the sort during a trip. That's my approach to travel: I go to get away from my daily life, to see the sights of a country, to learn their history, language, etc, as much as I can, and come back contented from the experience of travelling. Some girls do travel for 'sun n fun', but so do some guys!

I think that you reap what you sow. Even amidst the debauchery at Mardi Gras, I felt safe because I didn't seek the attention that gets you in trouble. So keep out of trouble as best as possible, and you'll be able to handle what comes your way.